How to Adjust Screen Brightness Settings on KDE Linux & Windows 7

Bright Monitor Screen DisplayThe premise: A beautiful Saturday, with a cool breeze, a cloudless sky, and the outdoors calling my name.

The catch: I had work to do.

The problem: I turned on my computer to start working, and could barely even see the screen.

Now, one might automatically assume that I needed glasses (I don’t), or that the bright sun was reflecting on my screen (to taunt me), but this was not the case.

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How to Clean Your Computer Hardware Safely (and Thoroughly!)

cleaning suppliesIt is now officially the last week of spring — until next year. Have you finished your spring cleaning yet?

More specifically, have you cleaned your PC yet, or did you just clean around it, not entirely sure how to go about cleaning its various surfaces safely?

It turns out that computers are not quite as easy to break as one might initially believe, so pull out your dust blaster, clean cloths and a paintbrush; let’s get to work.

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From Windows to (Partly) Linux, or Why I Use Both

operating system iconsWindows and Linux, as two of the most popular operating systems on the market today, are often pitted against one another.

Some people have have very decided opinions on the topic of which is better, but I find myself in the category of ambivalence.

I use both, but it wasn’t always that way. Early on, my experience was limited to Windows, simply because that was what was installed on my PC.

But learning curves, although sometimes difficult, are good exercise for the brain.

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How to Create a Backup Process, and Why You Should

Computer Hard Drive InsidesIt is my firm belief that everyone needs a good, solid backup plan.

Whether that plan involves backing up on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depends only on how much you want to lose.

Prior to developing good backup habits, the process can sound a bit daunting, but I can assure you that the result is worth the effort!

Anyone who has ever lost data, either due to the lack of a backup or a failed backup process, will know exactly what I mean.

Everyone else — well, allow me to spare you that particularly painful learning experience and the stroke that it can cause.

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How to Set Up Your Computer Hardware

computer-hardware-setup-assemblyComputers require some assembly when they are moved or first un-packaged.

Despite the fact the back of a computer usually ends up looking like a tangled mess of cables, the setup is rather simple.

It’s all a case of plugging the right cables into the right sockets (or ports), which is made easy by the fact that for most cables, there is only one similar port available.

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Computer Hardware

computer-hardwareWhat comes to mind when you hear the word “computer”?

Do you envision a “tall box with buttons, slots and lights”, or do you see a screen with a mouse and keyboard in front of it? Do you see all of those individual parts as a single entity?

If I’m “on the computer”, that does not mean I’m sitting on top of a metal case looking bored. It means I’m sitting at my desk in front of my monitor, usually with one hand on my mouse and the other on my keyboard and a look of intense concentration, frustration or amusement on my face.

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